Work Song

I wrote these lyrics over a one year period. I wanted to write a Work song, but wasn’t sure how to do it. After pondering on the idea my realization was to “write what I know.”

I thought about my own work experience. Instead of writing a made up story about the woes of working for  “the man” I applied my own work situation and told the truest story I could about “living the blues for money and singing the blues for free”

Breaking My Back Again

Its 6:25 I ain’t dead, I’m alive, about to clock in again
I’m just 31, I ain’t lived by the gun, I try to do the best I can
Never wanted much money, they told me, “Son, that’s not how it goes”
Somethings got to give now, baby, my mind wants to explode

I’m breaking my back again
Breaking my back again

It’s 1:01 and I can’t get done anything I started today
Three big spots with doors to unlock gotta come back another day
Feel like I’m slowly sinking, shrinking with every step
Gotta get myself out of this madness before I work myself to death

I’m breaking my back again
Breaking my back again

Its 5:33, I’m ready to leave, but the boss man say I gotta stay
Trucks to unload, then get to the show, grab my gear and don’t be late
Singing the Blues for money, living the Blues for free
Everything costs something, baby, clock in but never leave

I’m breaking my back again
Breaking my back again
Breaking my back
Breaking my back

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